The Fourth Alabama.
It was to the Fourth Alabama regiment that the words were spoken by General Bee
, about 2 or 3 o'clock in the afternoon of July 21, 1861.
This regiment, with the Sixth North Carolina and Second and Eleventh Mississippi, constituted Bee
's brigade; and as the brigade arrived at Manassas
from the Valley
in detachments, so it went into and fought through the battle, not as a whole, but by separate regiments.
The Fourth Alabama having arrived at Manassas
on Saturday, the 20th, was in movement very early on Sunday morning, the 21st, from near the junction towards the upper fords of Bull Run
The dust raised by the march of the Federal
army to Sudley's ford having attracted attention, the Fourth Alabama was hurried by General Bee
in that direction, and we reached before 11 A. M. the plateau of the Henry House
, whereon the main conflict occurred afterwards.